2015-W $50 Proof American Buffalo Gold Coin Released


The United States Mint is taking orders for the 2015-W $50 Proof American Buffalo Gold Coin. Initial pricing has been set at $1,590, the lowest starting point since 2010.

2015-W Proof American Gold Buffalo and Case
2015-W Proof American Gold Buffalo and Case

Annually issued since 2006, the collector coin is composed of one ounce of 24-karat, 99.99% pure gold and showcases James Earle Fraser’s classic 1913 Type I Buffalo nickel design.

Coin Designs and Specifications

This coin series has retained the same obverse and reverse imagery since its program debut. Shown on the obverse or heads side is a right-facing profile portrait of a Native American. Inscriptions around the portrait are LIBERTY, 2015, F for the artist initial, and W to note the coin’s production at the United States Mint facility in West Point.

Obverse of 2015-W Proof American Gold Buffalo Coin
Heads side of the coin

The reverse depicts an American Buffalo, or bison, standing on a mound. Encircling inscriptions read: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, IN GOD WE TRUST, the face value of $50, and the composition of 1 OZ. .9999 FINE GOLD.

Reverse of 2015-W Proof American Gold Buffalo Coin
Tails side of the coin

American Gold Buffalo coins have a diameter of 1.287 inches, a thickness of 0.116 inches and a weight of 1.000 troy ounce.

Historical Buffalo Gold Coin Sales

The chart below lists initial pricing and final sales for each of the annually issued coins.

2006- 2014 50 Proof Gold Buffalo Debut Prices & Final Sales

Year Debut Price Final Sales
2014 (released on May 8) $1,640.00 20,557
2013 (released on May 23) $1,790.00 18,594
2012 (released March 15) $1,960.00 19,715
2011 (released May 19) $1,760.00 28,683
2010 (released June 3) $1,510.00 49,263
2009 (released October 29) $1,360.00 49,306
2008 (released July 22) $1,199.95 18,863
2007 (released May 23) $825.95 58,998
2006 (released June 22) $800.00 246,26


Pricing is subject to change. The U.S. Mint evaluates gold coin prices weekly based on recent market conditions. Significant positive or negative swings in the precious metal can result in modifications to coin prices. Current gold coin pricing is based on a weekly average of London gold that resides within the $1,200.00 to $1,249.99 range.

The United States Mint each year also issues an investment-grade American Buffalo Gold Bullion Coin. Other numismatic versions have also been released in previous years, like the special reverse proof Gold Buffalo issued in 2013 to celebrate 100 years of the design.

Ordering Details, Mintages and Limits

2015-W $50 Proof American Buffalo Gold Coins may be ordered directly from the United States Mint via its website and the coin’s product page, located here. Customers wishing to order by telephone may call 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

Each coin ships in a hardwood presentation box with a matte finish and a leather–like inset. A certificate of authenticity is included with each purchase. No mintage, product or household order limits apply.

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